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Custom Active Physical Science Curriculum

Create a customized Active Physical Science course with units from our popular Active Chemistry, Active Physics, and EarthComm programs to support the full scope of physical science content standards for high school.

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Project-Based Approach

Students conduct investigations and engage in the Engineering Design Cycle as they iteratively work towards completing the Chapter Challenge.


Students Learn Like Scientists and Engineers

Students develop important
21st-Century skills as they work collaboratively in groups and engage in scientific discourse.

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Curriculum Details

Active Physical Science is based on the research on how students learn, encapsulated in the 7E Instructional Model (Elicit, Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Extend, Evaluate). 

As a result, Active Physical Science provides ALL students with a deep and memorable learning experience.

  • Chapter Challenges

    Interesting and meaningful Chapter Challenges motivate students to learn and remember the science content.

  • Crosscutting Concepts

    Science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas are seamlessly integrated throughout the Active Physical Science curriculum. 

  • Project-Based Active Series

    Explore the project-based Active Series for Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science and our EarthComm Earth and Space System Science curriculum.

  • NGSS Alignment

    Download the Active Physical Science program brochure to view the detailed NGSS alignment.

Active Physical Science
Research-Based Design

Active Physical Science is research-based.

Active Physical Science was supported through National Science Foundation funding and consequently produced through rigorous, iterative, research-based development cycles. It is based on the latest research from the cognitive sciences on how students learn.

Active Physical Science students develop communication and collaboration skills.

Students develop a community of practice and a culture of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.

The presentations of the Chapter Challenges provide students with opportunities to engage in scientific arguments using evidence and science knowledge and promote a deeper understanding through public practice.

Active Physical Science fits your standards.

The program reflects the full scope of physical science content standards for high school—those identified as the Disciplinary Core Ideas in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and those of individual states and districts.

Chapter Challenge: Students demonstrate their knowledge of the physics of driving by making a presentation to a board of driving instructors.

Through a series of activities, students learn about average and instantaneous speed and then connect information about reaction time, speed, and velocity to tailgating. They explore acceleration, positive and negative, in the context of the time required to bring a vehicle to a stop and decision-making at a yellow light.

They also learn about centripetal force and acceleration and relate it to driving on curves.


The Activate Learning Digital Platform (ALDP) hosts the interactive digital edition of the Active Physical Science teacher and student curriculum materials.

The platform is designed for student accessibility and inclusion and offers embedded translation for over 130 languages and text-to-speech with read-along highlighting in 35 languages.

Featuring an intuitive user experience, teachers have everything they need to Plan, Teach, Assign, and Assess lessons in a platform that is integrated with leading SIS rostering and Learning Management Systems such as Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas.

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About The

Arthur Einsekraft

Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft has taught high school physics for over 28 years. He is currently the Distinguished Professor of Science Education, Professor of Physics and Founding Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Kind Words from Administrators & Teachers.

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That's the difference - the focus is on the learning, not just the activity. You are learning as scientists do, you are already practicing those same hypothesis skills, you are already designing your own laboratory experiments. You want kids to be excited about having freedom to design and engage in a teamwork situation. Students learn what is applicable to the real world through Active Physics. 

Cathy Sankey, Principal

Dublin Jerome High School

One of the things I love about this book is that the kids are active. They control what they do learn in the classroom because it is very hand on. Every kid is involved, which is exciting to see. 

Angie Sadler

Intervention Specialist

Active Physical Science

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